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POTSKETCH 2016 EVENT & AUCTION

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2016 POTSKETCHES

FINAL BIDS

Crista Ann Ames

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00


Dudley Anderson

Montana
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Final Bid: $90.00


Adrian Arleo

Montana
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Final Bid: $140.00


James Bailey

Montana
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Final Bid: $80.00


Jennifer Bardsley

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00


Courtney Blazon

Montana
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Final Bid: $60.00


Stephen Braun

Montana
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Final Bid: $70.00


Isobel Buck

Montana
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Final Bid: $100.00



Susan Carlson

Montana
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Final Bid: $100.00



Seth Charles

Montana
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Final Bid: $60.00



Jennifer Combe

Montana
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Final Bid: $60.00



Chris Dufala

Montana
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Final Bid: $60.00

Nancy Erickson

Montana
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Final Bid: $170.00


Donna Flanery

Montana
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Final Bid: $70.00


Stephanie Frostad

Montana
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Final Bid: $90.00

Ron Geibel

Texas
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Final Bid: $50.00


Bev Beck Glueckert

Montana
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Final Bid: $90.00

Stephen Glueckert

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

George Gogas

Montana
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Final Bid: $150.00


Miriam Griffin

Montana
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Final Bid: $90.00


Koral Halperin

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00


Matt Hamon

Montana
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Final Bid: $60.00

Wesley Harvey

Montana
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Final Bid: $70.00


Jeremy Hatch

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

James Heath

Montana
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Final Bid: $200.00


Trey Hill

Montana
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Final Bid: $120.00


David Hiltner

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00


Maggy Rozycki Hiltner

Montana
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Final Bid: $80.00

Sarah House

Louisiana
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Final Bid: $80.00

Jocelyn Howard

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

Barb Schwarz Karst

Montana
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Final Bid: $90.00

Alex Kraft

Georgia
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Final Bid: $60.00


Steven Krutek

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

Dyna Kuehnle

Montana
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Final Bid: $80.00


Debbie Kupinsky

Wisconsin
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Final Bid: $70.00


Beth Lo

Montana
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Final Bid: $130.00


Kiahsuang Lo

Oregon
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Final Bid: $100.00


Elena Lourenco

Montana
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Final Bid: $80.00


Cathryn Mallory

Montana
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Final Bid: $70.00


George McCauley

Montana
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still available

Jack Metcalf

Montana
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Final Bid: $90.00

Ron Meyers

Georgia
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Final Bid: $100.00

Andrea Moon

Montana
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Final Bid: $65.00

Priscilla Mouritzen

Denmark
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Final Bid: $90.00


Mardis Nenno

Washington
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Final Bid: $60.00


Richard Notkin

Washington
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Final Bid: $110.00


Kathleen Herlihy Paoli

Montana
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Final Bid: $60.00


Carla Potter

Montana
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Final Bid: $110.00


Josh Quick

Montana
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Final Bid: $60.00

Jazmine Raymond

Montana
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Final Bid: $70.00

David Regan

Montana
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Final Bid: $70.00

Alison Reintjes

Montana
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Final Bid: $80.00


Brandon Reintjes

Montana
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Final Bid: $70.00

Richard Shaw

California
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Final Bid: $80.00


David Scott Smith

Arkansas
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Final Bid: $100.00


Chad Steve

Florida
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Final Bid: $90.00


Brendan Stewart

Montana
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Final Bid: $60.00

Gretel Stoudt

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00

Lee Stuurmans

Montana
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Final Bid: $120.00


Monica Thompson

Montana
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Final Bid: $70.00


Patricia Thornton

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00


Tim Thornton

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00


Bobby Tilton

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00


Sue Tirrell

Montana
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Final Bid: $50.00


Phoebe Toland

Washington
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Final Bid: $50.00


Maria Tritico

Montana
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Final Bid: $70.00


Shalene Valenzuela

Montana
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Final Bid: $120.00


Juliette Walker

Wisconsin
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Final Bid: $60.00


Kurt Weiser

Arizona
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Final Bid: $80.00


Dryden Wells

Montana
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Final Bid: $70.00

Janet Whaley

Montana
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Final Bid: $110.00


Emily Schroeder Willis

Illinois
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still available


Kensuke Yamada

Arkansas
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Final Bid: $70.00


Live Auction

Bidding for the items below will take place at the Potsketch event on April 23.
If you cannot attend and are interested in placing a proxy bid, please contact us to make arrangements. As of 4/4 we are still updating specific details about pieces for our online gallery (such as work dimensions), so please be patient!

Crista Ann Ames

Opossum
Ceramic

Final bid: $400
full donation

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Doug Baldwin

The Great Duck Wood Trains: Maximist, Minimal, Conceptual
Earthenware

full donation

Final bid: $250

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Renée Brown

Azure Lichenite, Opal Microline, Botryoidal Amber, Krokite, Spriteium after Vanadinite
Ceramics, Multi Media

Final bid: $800
full donation

This piece was originally cluster #27 of the 12 foot long installation exhibited at the Missoula Art Museum in 2015.

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Susan Carlson

Over the Top
Earthenware, underglaze

Final bid: $350
full donation

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Eva Champagne
& Phil Mahn

Large Jar
Ceramic

full donation

Final Bid: $2700

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Seth Charles

Bud Vase
Woodfired iron rich stoneware - reduction cooled

Final bid: $200
full donation

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Orville Chigbrow

Relic
Ceramic

Final bid: $250

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Josh DeWeese

Pitcher
wood fired stoneware

full donation
Final bid: $250

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Donna Flanery

Teapot
Earthenware

Final bid: $250
full donation

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Julia Galloway

Pitcher with Chair and Silver
Soda fired porcelain, luster

Final bid: $250
full donation

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Mo Gary

Bird Refuge
Woodfired porcelain, dogwood

Final bid: $250
full donation

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Miriam Griffin

Pitcher
Porcelain

Final bid: $300
full donation

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Perry Haas

Moon Jar
wood fired stoneware
10"x10"x10"

Final bid: $350
full donation

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Koral Halperin

Untitled
Porcelain

Final bid: $200
full donation

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Joshua Kuensting

Serving Bowl
Stoneware, soda fired

Final bid: $250
full donation

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Mike Kurz

Woodfired Bottle
stoneware

full donation

Final Bid: $200

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Jayson Lawfer

Untitled
stoneware and shino glaze with ash
5"x15"x15"

full donation
Final Bid: $175

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George Metropoulos McCauley

Basket
Stoneware

Final bid: $200
full donation

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Courtney Murphy

Large Jar
earthenware, wheel thrown with coils

Final bid: $350
full donation

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David Shaner

Jar
Stoneware

Final bid: $750
full donation from Ann Shaner

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Richard Smith

Roots Platter
wood fired stoneware

Final bid: $150
full donation

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Shalene Valenzuela

Blending In: For The Love of War
slip cast earthenware
13"x6"x5"

Final bid: $500
full donation

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Tara Wilson

Vase
Woodfired stoneware

Final Bid: $250
full donation

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Kensuke Yamada

Salt/Pepper Shaker
Stoneware

Final Bid: $700
full donation

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Casey Zablocki

Table Block
Woodfired stoneware

Final bid: $400
full donation

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John Zimmerman

Scape #13
Glazed Ceramic
13"x8"x6"

Final bid: $100
full donation

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Artist Bios

Crista Ann Ames

Crista attended Washington State University where she obtained her BFA in Ceramics with a minor in Art History. She attended Utah State University for Post Baccalaureate studies in Ceramics, and recently completed the MFA program at the University of Montana. She began a long-term residency at the Clay Studio of Missoula upon the completion of a summer residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in October 2015.

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Dudley Anderson

As a youngster, Dudley Anderson was regularly exposed to and inspired by commercial art while assisting his step-father. Even then, he was often directed by his art instructors to explain his “out of the box” creations. He began his journey with ceramics in 1969 at the Ketterer Art Center in Bozeman, MT. In the 80’s his ceramic work was displayed in the Missoula Art Museum and, consequently, he received invitations to enter works in shows in other states. In more recent years, his interests led him to use exotic woods, leather, resins, and brass to create art, golf putters, and knives. At present, he is creating highly textured vessels by utilizing drying methods while throwing on the potter’s wheel with a stick and only one hand and often firing with the Raku method.

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Adrian Arleo

Adrian Arleo is a ceramic sculptor living outside Missoula, Montana. She studied Art and Anthropology at Pitzer College (B.A. 1983) and received her M.F.A. in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 1986. Arleo was an Artist in Residence at Oregon College of Art and Craft in 1986-87, and at Sitka Center For Art and Ecology in 1987-88. For nearly thirty years, Arleo has focused her work on the human figure, often combining it with animal imagery, and other elements of the natural world. Some works allude to a relationship of understanding or connection between the human and animal realms. In others, human figures possess animal features in a way that reveals something hidden about the character or primal nature of the human.

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James Bailey

James Bailey was born in New Jersey, and he grew up in Minneapolis, MN. He earned his MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is currently an artist and Professor in the School of Art at the University of Montana. In 1998 he established Matrix Press and runs an Annual Day of the Dead Steamroller Print Project. James has exhibited his work nationally and internationally in over 300 exhibitions and national print portfolios throughout the United States and abroad. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections including those of the Walker Art Center, New York Public Library, Jundt Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, Mesa Arts Center and Sioux City Arts Center among others. He was also included in the documentary film titled Midwest Matrix and he serves on the board of the Printmaking Legacy Project.

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Doug Baldwin

Doug Baldwin received his BA (1961) and MA (1965) from the University of Montana. He also studied at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. From 1969 to 2004 he taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. His work has been exhibited internationally. Doug works as a Studio Artist at the Clay Studio of Missoula, and has developed a body of his work into short movies.

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Jennifer Bardsley

Jennifer Bardsley is a professional artist from Missoula, Montana, USA. She specializes in oil, watercolor paintings video installation and sculpture. Her subject matter includes wildlife, landscapes, still-life, flowers, figures, western scenes and abstract art work. Jennifer has her BFA in painting from The University of Montana. She has exhibited her artwork across the US and abroad in Finland and New Zealand. Jennifer is currently the Art Teacher at Sussex School in Missoula.

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Courtney Blazon

Courtney Blazon is an artist and illustrator living and working in Missoula, MT. She is a graduate from Parsons School of Design, where she received her BFA in Illustration. She's shown in Missoula at the Brink Gallery and the UC Gallery, and outside of Montana, her work has been shown in Seattle, Portland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings (Western Edition), Studio Visit Magazine, and juxtapoz.com. She received a Montana Arts Council Artists Innovation Award in 2011. She is represented by Radius Gallery in Missoula, MT.

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Stephen Braun

Stephen Braun started his education making functional pottery. But not long into his stint as an undergrad at the University of Montana, he started looking for a way to use the medium to express bigger ideas. Braun, who now teaches at Flathead Community College, has built a body of ceramic work that uses humor and an appealing aesthetic to illustrate society's rising environmental problems. For the aesthetic, he employs the raku firing process, which stresses the clay and cracks the glaze in often unpredictable ways. Braun, who also got a degree in anthropology, likes the way it makes the pieces look like found artifacts.

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Renée Brown

Growing up in Conyers, Georgia, Renée Brown spent many summer days playing in the creek bed next to her home. Clay has always been under her nails. After a brief encounter with the ceramics program at the University of Georgia, she pursued her studies in interior design and experienced an ambitious early career as a commercial and residential designer. Unable to resist the call of clay, she began taking night classes in ceramics at an urban community clay center. At age 29, Renée left the design field to pursue her MFA in Ceramics at the University of North Texas. Upon receiving her degree, she completed several artist residencies in Montana including: The Archie Bray Foundation, Red Lodge Clay Center, and The Clay Studio of Missoula. Renée was recognized as one of NCECA’s 2014 emerging artists. She now maintains an independent studio in the Historic Brunswick Building in downtown Missoula, Montana.

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Isobel Buck

Isobel Buck is a graphic designer and illustrator living in and originally from Missoula. She spent many years in Colorado where she worked as a graphic designer and taught graphic design for Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs. Before that, she received her B.A. in Art from the University of Montana in 1996. Her digital art stems from her traditional media sketches and studies of nature - Flowers, weeds, trees, bugs and animals - particularly rabbits. She loves to paint in watercolors and oils. Her digital work is implemented mainly through the tool of Adobe Illustrator, and always with the help of a graphics tablet.

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Susan Carlson

Susan is a local Missoula artist, Clay Studio member, student, and studio artist. She attended Gonzaga University and the University of Montana where she earned a BFA with an emphasis in painting.

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Eva Champagne

Eva Champagne grew up in Hong Kong. She received her B.A. in Studio Art from Humboldt State University and completed Post-Baccalaureate study at the University of Florida. In 2009 she earned her M.F.A. from the University of Montana-Missoula. Since then, she has been a resident artist at AIR Vallauris in France, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Maine, Red Lodge Clay Center and The Clay Studio of Missoula in Montana, and Gaya Ceramic Art Center in Bali, Indonesia. Her work is shown nationally and internationally, and is included in several permanent collections. Currently she maintains a studio practice in Florence, MT

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Seth Charles

Seth Charles studied ceramics and sculpture at the University of North Florida. After completing his BFA, Seth moved to Ellensburg, Washington where he earned his MFA degree at Central Washington University. Seth has lectured and led workshops around the country. His work has been shown in numerous national and international exhibitions and is held in public and private collections. He is currently the Long-Term Wood Fire Resident at The Clay Studio of Missoula.

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ORVILLE CHIGBROW

Orville Chigbrow received his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 1974 and subsequently moved overseas. He lived in eight different countries and traveled to dozens more. He returned to Missoula and earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in 2006. Orville’s interest in the ancient ruins and artifacts of each place he lived and visited is a strong influence on his process and the look and feel of each piece he creates. His work has exhibited nationally and in Germany. He has work in many private collections as well as the Montana Museum of Art & Culture’s permanent collection.

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CRAIG CLIFFORD

Craig Clifford received his BFA from California State University Long Beach in 2000 and his MFA from Louisiana State University in 2003. He exhibits his work nationally and internationally and has been included in the 2007 and 2009 World Ceramic Biennial in South Korea as well as, Ceramic Top 40, and is a past artist in residence at The Archie Bray Foundation, in Helena Montana. He is currently in the studio working for upcoming solo exhibitions at the gallery at The James Watrous Gallery, in Madison Wisconsin, The Clay Studio of Missoula, in Missoula Montana, and The James May Gallery, in Algoma Wisconsin. He has taught ceramics and art at California State University Long Beach, USC, Mississippi Valley State University and is currently the head of the ceramics program at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

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JENNIFER COMBE

Jennifer Combe is a painter and Assistant Professor of Art at The University of Montana where she teaches art education. She is the editor of a digital PK-12 curriculum portfolio with the National Art Education Association's Caucus on Social Theory in Art Education. Currently she is the Vice President of the Community Caucus with the National Association of Art Education. Her visual work has been exhibited locally and nationally with her most recent solo exhibition in Portland, OR. She received an MIT from The Evergreen State College, an MFA from The Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a BA from The Evergreen State College. She also studied at Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogota, Colombia.

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JOSH DEWEESE

Josh DeWeese is a ceramic artist and educator. He is an Assistant Professor of Art teaching ceramics at Montana State University in Bozeman, where he and his wife Rosalie Wynkoop have recently built a home and studio. DeWeese served as Resident Director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana from 1992-2006. He holds an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. DeWeese has exhibited and taught workshops internationally and his work is included in numerous public and private collections.

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CHRIS DUFALA

Born and raised in southern New Jersey, Chris Dufala received his BFA in Ceramics from Rowan University and his MFA in Spatial Arts/Ceramics at San Jose State University. Chris has exhibited work nationally and abroad in group and solo exhibitions. He has been an Artist in Residence at The Clay Studio of Missoula, Osage Artists Community, and The Archie Bray Foundation. He has lectured, led visiting artist demonstrations, and instructed as adjunct faculty at several institutions including: Buffalo State College, SUNY Fredonia, Western Michigan University, and Carroll College. He currently is visiting faculty at the University of Montana.

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NANCY ERICKSON

Nancy lives in a mountain canyon near Missoula, Montana with Ron, her partner of many years and with the deer, cougars, and bears who have lived in the canyon for centuries. She has been making fabric constructions, quilts, paintings and drawings since the 1960's.

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DONNA FLANERY

Donna Flanery received a MFA from the University of Florida, 2013. She received her BFA in 2005 from the University of Montana and an AA from The College of Southern Idaho in 2003. Between academic endeavors she has been a resident artist at The Archie Bray Foundation, The Clay Studio of Missoula, The Northern Clay Center, and The Pottery Workshop, Shanghai, and The Zentrum, Berlin. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

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STEPHANIE J. FROSTAD

Stephanie J. Frostad studied at Studio Art Center International in Italy, The Maryland Institute(BFA 1990) and The University of Montana (MFA 1994). Represented by Davidson Galleries in Seattle, she has exhibited nationally and abroad in Canada, China, Italy and New Zealand. Born in Walla Walla, Washington, Frostad now makes her home in Missoula.

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JULIA GALLOWAY

Julia Galloway has exhibited across the United States and Canada, and she has demonstrated at the NCECA and the Utilitarian Clay Conferences. Her work can be found in the collections of the Long Beach Museum of Art in CA, the Renwick Gallery and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, the Huntington Museum of Art in WV, the Archie Bray Foundation in MT, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. For nine years Galloway taught at the School for American Crafts at RIT. She currently lives in Missoula, where she is a Professor of Ceramics at the School of Art at the University of Montana.

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MO GARY

Gardening and art are her passions. Thirty years ago she started growing vegetables, making pottery and weaving baskets. Dirt, clay and plants consumed her as they kept her in the natural world. Mo has to have flowers with her always. Wood firing clay drives her wild. Mo’s work is diverse, organic, intricate and personal. She can’t keep her hands off of it. It speaks of growth and bloom.

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RON GEIBEL

Ron Geibel grew up in Butler, Pennsylvania. In 2013, he received his MFA from the University of Montana. Geibel has been a long-term artist resident at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY as well as a short-term resident at the Red Lodge Clay Center and The Chautauqua Institution's School of Art. Ceramics Monthly Magazine recognized Geibel as a 2015 emerging artist. Currently, he is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. His work explores the intersections of public vs. private. By creating objects that reference the private parts of people’s lives, the work confronts matters concerning, sexuality, gender and identity. Geibel brings these issues out of the dark by inciting the voyeuristic tendencies of his audience.

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BEV BECK GLUECKERT

Bev Beck Glueckert lives and works in Missoula, Montana. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout Montana and the Northwest region, as well as nationally. She has been an art instructor and workshop facilitator for adults and children for nearly 30 years. Bev has served as adjunct faculty in drawing and printmaking at The University of Montana and The University of Great Falls. She is a member of the SALTMINE artists group. She holds a BA degree from the University of Idaho and a MFA degree in printmaking from the University of Montana.

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STEPHEN GLUECKERT

Stephen Glueckert was born in Missoula, MT and received a BFA from the University of Idaho and an M.Ed in Art Education from Western Washington University. He has taught at The University of Montana, the University of Papua New Guinea, and throughout the Pacific Northwest. He spent ten years at the Northwest Children’s Home as a counselor and teacher. He has been a recipient of a Montana Individual Artist’s Fellowship. He is Curator Emeritus for Missoula Art Museum. In addition being a practicing artist, he has written extensively about contemporary artists living and working in Montana.

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George Gogas

George Gogas was born 1929 and is a Missoula native. He received his BA Degree from University of Montana (1951), was in the US Army (1951-1953), and received an MFA Degree from University of Washington (1955). Gogas taught in the Missoula County High Schools for over 30 years, but retired in 1985 to pursue his art-work full time. Since then, he has become one of the most prolific and well-known western Montana artists. In 2016, he was the honoree of Odyssey of the Stars, a fundraiser for the University of Montana’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.

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MIRIAM GRIFFIN

Miriam Griffin was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and holds a BFA degree from the University of Montana, Missoula. She has an Associate’s Degree from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and has also studied at the University of Tennessee, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and Women’s Studio Workshop. She has received several scholarships to attend workshops at Penland School of Crafts, has been a resident at Medalta (Medicine Hat, Alberta, CA), and was awarded a summer work-study position at Watershed (ME) in 2014. She is currently a long-term resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula

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PERRY HAAS

Perry has been working in ceramics since 2003. He holds a BFA in ceramics from Utah State University. Ceramics has taken him to China and Korea, where he spent his time studying their unique ceramics history and processes. His work consists of functional wood fired ceramics. From 2011-2013, Perry was the long term Woodfire Resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula, then was a resident at Red Lodge Clay Center from 2013-2015. He is currently a long-term artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation.

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KORAL HALPERIN

Spending the first half of his life in the United States Virgin Islands and the latter half in Chicago and New York, Koral's work tends to reveal observations of the natural and manmade worlds. Koral received his AFA, Associates of Fine Arts at College of Dupage (IL), a BFA at Southern Illinois University, and was a Post Baccalaureate Student at Kansas State University. Koral first came to Montana as an artist-in-residence at Red Lodge Clay Center, and is now a long-term resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

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MATT HAMON

Matt Hamon hails from a small, remote town in Northern California. A sense of place informed by wandering the woods as a child inspires his enquiry. Self-described as 'post-rural', Matt’s creative endeavors take many forms, as he is un-prejudiced in his choice of media, embracing anything from drawing and painting to photography and video. His work can involve a single medium or a combination of several disparate techniques. The technique that is adopted simply needs to be the best method to represent a particular idea.

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WESLEY HARVEY

Wesley is originally from Van Buren, Indiana, "the popcorn capital of the world." He received his BFA in Ceramics in 2002 from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and then received his MFA in Ceramics in 2007 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Wesley has exhibited his artwork nationally and internationally. His artwork can be found in various publications including 500 Contemporary Ceramic Sculptures and The Essential Guide to Mold Making & Slip Casting and also in the permanent collections of the Art & Artifact Collection at the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction and the Shanghai Museum of Arts & Crafts, as well as collections in China and throughout the United States. He currently lives and works in Red Lodge, MT and is the Curator of Exhibitions for the Red Lodge Clay Center.

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Jeremy Hatch

Jeremy Hatch received an MFA (2003) from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and a BFA from Emily Carr University (2000). Since 2000 he has been active in solo exhibitions, collaborative projects and group shows at a diverse number of venues. His work has been the subject of reviews and articles in Ceramics Monthly, Azure Magazine among others. Hatch has been the recipient of residencies at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, The Archie Bray Foundation, The European Ceramic Work Center, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, the Art/Industry Program at Kohler Company, and Medalta. He is currently an assistant professor at Montana State University.

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JIM HEATH

Originally from Butte, MT, Jim Heath has lived in Missoula since 1982. He graduated from The University of Montana, Missoula, in 2013, with a BFA specializing in ceramics. His passionate relationship with clay began in 1999, at the Clay Studio of Missoula. Jim's involvement in the ceramic arts has grown with the Clay Studio. He has served on the Clay Studio Board of Directors since 2005 and is currently the president.

Jim's first undergraduate degree was in Chemical Engineering and he spent 28 years working in industry. His reflections on chemical processes are often incorporated into his work

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TREY HILL

Trey Hill is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Montana. In addition to teaching, Trey has traveled and worked at many different residencies, including two years as a Taunt Fellow at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT, and at the LH Project in Joseph, OR. His international experienced includes time spent in Latvia building a public commission and also China, where he created work at the Fu Le International Ceramic Art Museum in Fuping.

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DAVID HILTNER

David Hiltner is currently the Executive Director of Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana. In the summer of 2005 David and his family moved to Montana to establish the Red Lodge Clay Center. Prior to moving to Red Lodge, David was an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Before joining the faculty at Wichita State University in 1999, he taught at Syracuse University, Northwest College and at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He received his B.F.A. in Ceramics from Wichita State University in 1993 and completed his M.F.A. at Syracuse University in 1997.

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MAGGY ROZYCKI HILTNER

Maggy Rozycki Hiltner scours antique shops and yard sales for old embroidery. Inspired by the images of animated vegetables and all too cute oversized puppies and kittens, she combines this found embroidery with her own to depict sweet, strange and sometimes unsettling stories. Her images at first appear whimsical or vibrantly happy but on closer inspection are not quite so. Sometimes it's a malicious undertone to the relationships, or a lack of self-control on the part of the characters, or maybe an otherworldlyness hidden in the everyday.

Maggy grew up in suburban Pennsylvania. After serving as her high school mascot, Rowdy Ram, she went on to earn a degree in sculpture from Syracuse University. She and her husband, David, moved to Red Lodge in 2005 to open the Red Lodge Clay Center. They live/garden/make stuff/play with their two young daughters, a dog, two guinea pigs, four chickens and several goldfish.

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Sarah House

Working primarily in clay, Sarah House creates sculpture inspired by natural fractals. House earned her BFA from Tyler School of Art, and her MFA from Tulane University. She has participated in Artist in Residence programs at Baltimore Clayworks, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, The International Ceramics Studio, Tainan National University of the Arts, The International Ceramics Research Center and The Clay Studio of Missoula. House is a Windgate Fellow, a Nyburg Fellow and has been recognized globally for her work, exhibiting in Hungary, Denmark, Taiwan, South Korea, Germany, Poland, Canada, Iceland, Sweden as well as the United States. She currently creates in her New Orleans studio.

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Jocelyn Howard

Jocelyn grew up in Chesapeake, VA. She discovered ceramics in 2005 in the mountains of NC near Asheville when she studied under Michael Sherrill. There, she had access to a strong community that helped form her thoughts about working as a craftsperson and artist in clay. For close to two years, Jocelyn worked as a studio assistant for various artists at Penland School of Crafts and spent time working at the Penland Gallery. She continued her education by pursuing Post-Baccalaureate work at University of Florida, and recently graduated with her MFA in Ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Jocelyn is currently a Long-Term Resident Artist at Red Lodge Clay Center.

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Barb Schwarz Karst

Barb Schwarz is a contemporary painter who is best known for her series, Montana Rust Belt, which focuses on abstract close ups of the machines used centuries ago during the country’s early labor development. These vibrant paintings hone in on and capture intimate views, those which stem from the vintage, muscular, industrial scenes scattered throughout America. She has twice received a fellowship through The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in Art and Art Education. Her works have been featured in worldwide and domestic exhibitions and published in several books and magazines.

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ALEX KRAFT

Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Alex Kraft received her BFA in ceramics and her BS in art education from Northern Arizona University in 2002. Since completing her MFA in 2006 from the University of Montana, she has exhibited nationally and internationally and participated in numerous artist-in-residence programs including at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Clay Studio of Missoula, Roswell Artist in Residence Program, Kiln God resident at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and Red Lodge Clay Center. She is a practicing studio artist and teaches at University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA.

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STEVEN KRUTEK

Steven Krutek studied art at Colorado College, the University of Montana, SALT Institute for Documentary Field Studies, and with photographer Stuart Klipper.Steven teaches drawing, two-dimensional foundations, photography courses, painting courses, and art education courses at the University of Montana. He has also taught elementary and secondary students in various capacities since 1997. Steven has exhibited work throughout the Inland Northwest and recently exhibited work in Tokyo at the Ricoh RING CUBE gallery. He was selected to present work at the Society for Photographic Education's 43rd national conference in Chicago. Steven’s work has also recently been published in Sun Magazine.

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JOSHUA KUENSTING

Joshua Kuensting was born in the middle of Middle America. He earned his MFA in Ceramics from Utah State University. He was a Resident Artist at the Clay Studio of Missoula in Montana, a Core Fellow at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina and holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has exhibited his work in numerous national shows. He is currently a Studio Lab Coordinator at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

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DYNA KUEHNLE

Dyna is a sculptor currently living and working in Hot Springs, Montana. She did foundry work for many years and experimented with ways to use bronze as an element in her installations. She studied with Ann Hamilton at the University of California Santa Barbara (BFA College of Creative Studies) and went on to complete an MFA at the University of Montana. Her work has been shown regionally, nationally, and not enough.

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DEBBIE KUPINSKY

Debbie Kupinsky received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA from Louisiana State University. She has been a resident artist in the Arts / Industry program at Kohler in Sheboygan, WI and at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT and The Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, Her work is in the permanent collection of the Long Beach Museum of Art, The John Michael Kohler Art Center and The Archie Bray Foundation among others. She has been included in exhibitions at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, the Clay Studio of Philadelphia and the Long Beach Museum of Art. She currently has work at the Artisan Gallery in Paoli, WI and at the Red Lodge Clay Center. Her work explores the role of objects and images in the mediation of experience. She currently teaches sculpture at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI.

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MIKE KURZ

After completing his MFA at The University of Montana in 1998, Mike was fortunate to be invited by Clare Ann and Rob to get the Clay Studio of Missoula up and running. Early on he taught a few adult classes and helped organize the shop. As the years went by, he was involved in countless roles, from bookkeeper and clay mixer, to exhibition curator and board president. Mike taught classes and ordered materials, mopped floors and hosted residents. Not all fun, but ALWAYS rewarding; to participate in an organization that brings joy and a sense of community to so many people.

When asked about the studio's ongoing success, he said, "I'm gratified to see our function expanding; that we’ve maintained relevance."

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JAYSON LAWFER

Jayson Lawfer is a potter and director of an online art gallery and art consulting business, The Nevica Project. After graduating from the University of Montana, Jayson completed an artist residency at Guldagergard in Denmark, The Archie Bray Foundation, A.I.R. Vallauris in Vallauris, France, and Lillstreet Art Center. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally.From 2002-2006, Jayson was the Executive Director of The Clay Studio of Missoula. He was a Resident Artist and Guest Curator at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, Illinois, and their Executive Director of the nonprofit sector of Lillstreet from 2010-2011. Jayson’s talents of being an artist and holding positions of directorship have granted him the opportunity to present lectures and lead workshops in Mexico, Italy and in the USA.

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Beth Lo

Beth Lo was born on October 11, 1949 in Lafayette, Indiana, to parents who had recently emigrated from China. Much of Beth’s ceramic and mixed media artwork draws from themes of childhood, family, Asian culture and language. She received a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Michigan in 1971, and then studied Ceramics with Rudy Autio at the University of Montana receiving her MFA in 1974. She assumed his job as Professor of Ceramics there when he retired in 1985, and has been twice honored with the University of Montana Provost’s Distinguished Lecturer Award, 2006 and 2010. Beth Lo has exhibited her work internationally and is in a number of collections. She has received numerous honors including the United States Artists Hoi Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship Grant, a Montana Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, and an American Craft Museum Design Award. She is also an active musician and children’s book author.

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Kiahsuang Lo

Kiahsuang was born in Shanghai in 1919 and grew up in a middle class family of nine children in Hangzhou, China. Kiahsuang met her husband when she moved to Kunming. In the 1940s, the couple immigrated to the US to escape political unrest in China to pursue their education. The two settled in Indiana, where they raised Ginnie and Beth. Kiahsuang lost touch with her parents after the war but the calligraphy skills her father taught her during her childhood remained with her.

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ELENA LOURENCO

Elena Lourenco received her BFA from San Jose State University, CA, in 2002 and her MFA in Sculpture from Arizona State University in 2007. Lourenco creates mixed media objects and installations that communicate powerful narratives about both society and self: utilizing metaphor to communicate ideas of causality, change, loss and their resulting effects on the human psyche. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions Internationally and across the US. She is currently a visiting Professor of Sculpture in the School of Art at University of Montana in Missoula.

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PHIL MAHN

Philip Mahn was born and raised in Great Falls and currently lives in Missoula. His development as a potter has been through independent study, mentoring, and a variety of community ceramic studios like the Paris Gibson Square, The Clay Studio of Missoula, University of Montana, and the Archie Bray Foundation. His work is a collaboration of the intuitive interaction with clay and the embracement of the firing processes that make it uniquely ceramic.

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CATHRYN MALLORY

Cathryn Mallory is currently a Professor and Director of the Gallery of Visual Arts for the School of Art at The University of Montana-Missoula. Originally from the Chicago area, she received her BFA in fiber from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and MFA in sculpture from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Her work has been exhibited on a regional and national level.

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GEORGE METROPOULOS McCAULEY

George Metropoulos McCauley, a Greek/American potter, has taught and conducted workshops internationally. The recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts grants and the prestigious Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence for the Arts at Austin Peay State University in Clarkesville, TN, his pottery and sculpture are included in international collections in 11 countries and has been shown worldwide in countless exhibitions. He maintains a studio at his home in Helena, Montana where he makes colorful earthenware pots and narrative sculpture. Along the way he has worked as a chef in a Greek restaurant, horse trainer, fulltime cowboy, concrete inspector, aluminum siding salesman, western catalog model, lifeguard and carpenter.

JACK METCALF

Jack Metcalf spent his youth knee deep in the sweating swamps of the southeast smearing the line of where illusion ends and reality begins. His creations emulate a diary of sorts. The work balances draftsman precision with an ambiguous blather of imagination, insight, and delight, presenting an internal conversation that is felt, but never fully comprehended. The work is playful, visually stimulating, and when tied to the stories behind each piece, also deeply personal. It may have humor, but it’s not to be taken lightly. Jack has recently establish his studio and art space Real Good, a rather fabulous venue just a stone’s throw away from the Clay Studio of Missoula

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RON MEYERS

Ron Meyers is an emeritus professor of the University of Georgia, Athens, GA where he taught for over 20 years. He received his BS and MS degrees in Art Education from the State University College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY and received his MFA degree in Ceramics from the School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. Ron's work is represented in many museum and private collections. He was a 2007 recipient of the NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award. He has also been honored by the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN as the 2008 Regis Masters Series Honor. The Regis Masters Series pays tribute to senior artists that have had a major impact on the development of 20th and 21st ceramics in the United States.

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Andrea Moon

Andrea Moon (b. 1980) grew up in Northwest Ohio and began making in clay at a production pottery company, Packer Creek Pottery. She attended college at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio receiving her BFA in 3-Dimensional Studies. In 2009 Andrea completed her MFA in Ceramics and a secondary in Sculpture at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. Among teaching classes at various institutions, participating in national workshops and exhibitions, Andrea has completed a year long Artist-In-Residence at the Arrowmont School of Art and Craft, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 2011 and the Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana 2012. Presently, Andrea is the Residency and Communications Coordinator at Red Lodge Clay Center.

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PRISCILLA MOURITZEN

Priscilla was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She studied at the School of Art, Durban, South Africa. In 1979 she moved to Denmark where she serves on the board of directors for Guldagergaard, International Ceramic Research Center, and maintains a studio north of Copenhagen.

Priscilla’s work has been shown at the Museum of Anthropology, Xalapa, Mexico, 20+1 Tozan Kilns, Arizona Presenters Exhibition, and The Clay Studio of Missoula, where she had a solo exhibition in 2006. Most of Priscilla’s work is pinched in porcelain clay and wood fired. The scale is intimate, as demanded by the pinching process. The works show a use of pattern that echoes memories of her childhood in Africa.

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Courtney Murphy

Courtney Murphy began working in clay while living in Brooklyn, NY. After several years of working for potters around the city, she moved to Portland, OR and received a post-baccalaureate in ceramics from the Oregon College of Art and Craft. Courtney moved to Montana in the summer of 2009 for a ceramic residency at the Archie Bray Foundation. She was a resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula from 2012-2014, and currently serves on the board of directors.

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Mardis Nenno

Mardis Nenno began her career as a potter in Belt, Montana making salt fired functional ware. Now, she is a full-time ceramics instructor in the Art Department of Spokane Falls Community College where she also runs a clay studio. Her ceramic sculptural work is exhibited throughout the Northwest, including in shows at Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Trackside Studio, Saranac Art Project, Art Spirit Gallery, Vashon Island Allied Arts, Jundt Museum and the Archie Bray Foundation.

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RICHARD NOTKIN

A studio artist who lives in Vaughn, Washington, Richard Notkin’s teapots and ceramic sculptures have been exhibited internationally and are in more than 65 public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan. Among his awards are three artist fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. In 2008, Notkin was elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council, and awarded a Hoi Fellowship by the United States Artists Foundation. He is also the recipient of the Meloy Stevenson Award from the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT, and the Honorary Membership Award from NCECA, National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

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KATHLEEN HERLIHY-PAOLI

Kathleen Herlihy-Paoli, a Missoula-based artist known for her realist paintings, earned her bachelor’s in studio arts from Skidmore College in upstate New York, with post-degree studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and in lithography at Pratt Manhattan Center. She moved to Montana in 1995 with her husband, John Paoli, who is from Great Falls. Her work has been featured in Montana at the Dana Gallery and the Missoula Art Museum.

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CARLA POTTER

After spending most of her life in Alaska, a long term residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in 2005 shook Carla Potter loose from the hold of that vast domain. Inspired by her residency at the Archie Bray she went to the University of Nebraska
Lincoln to get her MFA. Carla spent 15 years presenting workshops in the public school system in Alaska. She has been a teacher and presenter in many collaborative projects that involve the public and institutions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and the Sheldon Art Museum in Nebraska. Carla has shown her artwork extensively around the states of Alaska and Montana. Since her time at the Archie Bray she has pursued a national audience and has been part of many
exhibitions across the country. Working from her studio in Helena, Potter uses hand building techniques and works primarily with porcelain. Her work has taken a dramatic shift from the exuberant colorful sculptures inspired by her Alaskan environment to making delicate unglazed porcelain vessels and figurines that weave her own personal narrative with her experience of nature, Catholicism and the history of European art.

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JOSH QUICK

Josh Quick is a prolific illustrator and has created works for many notable clients including Submittable, Doma Coffee Roasting, Big Dipper Ice Cream and Pearl Jam. Josh is also a front end developer and user-interface designer at a software company that creates biology learning modules for universities around the world.

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JAZMINE RAYMOND

Jazmine is the Outreach Coordinator at The Clay Studio of Missoula. She likes to make things. She likes to talk about making things. She wants you to like making things. She has a BFA in visual arts from Bennington College in Vermont. She’s from Missoula Montana.

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DAVID REGAN

Montana-based ceramist David Regan began working professionally in 1991 and has quickly became well recognized for his distinctive vessels. Regan’s porcelain animal forms, covered in intricate sgraffito drawings, invite close observation. Although they appear to be decorative and sculptural, many of them are actually entirely functional and this is part of their complexity. Addressing themes of human and animal consumption and the natural cycles of life and death through his illustrations, Regan links these ideas to the function of traditional serving containers like soup tureens and casseroles. He is currently the ceramics instructor at Flathead Valley Community College.

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ALISON REINTJES

Alison Reintjes first moved to Montana in 2001 for a residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena. She has completed additional residencies at Greenwich House Pottery in New York, Jentel in Wyoming, Mount St. Francis in southern Indiana, and the Clay Studio of Missoula. She has exhibited at the Oregon College of Arts & Crafts, AKAR Gallery, Museu de Ceramica de l'Alcora in Spain, ASU Ceramic Research Center, Lill Street Art Center and the Northern Clay Center.

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BRANDON REINTJES

Brandon Reintjes has concentrated most aspects of his life on creating art and celebrating art made by others. Though he works as Senior Curator at the Missoula Art Museum, he maintains a regular studio practice. He received his undergraduate degree in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MA in curatorial and critical studies from the University of Louisville.

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DAVID SHANER

David Shaner (1934- 2002) is recognized as an artist who had considerable impact on contemporary ceramics. His illustrious career as a sculptor and a potter spanned more than four decades. Trained in the late 1950's at Alfred University School of Ceramics, Shaner became the director of the influential Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana. After leaving Helena, Shaner became a nationally acclaimed studio potter and sculptor, working out of his home and studio in Bigfork, Montana. Through an unwavering devotion to his work, he attained that often elusive goal of bridging the gap between art and life to which so many artists aspire. His ceramic vessels and sculpture reflect the beauty of the western landscape and the natural environment. His innovations and success with refined organic forms and the wood firing process made him a leader in ceramics and sought after by museums and private collectors alike.

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RICHARD SHAW

Richard Shaw received his BFA in 1965 at the San Francisco Art Institute. He completed his MFA at the University of California at Davis in 1968. He began teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1966 where he taught for twenty years, then was a professor of art at the University of California Berkeley where he taught ceramics and drawing until 2013. Shaw has been a resident artist at Shigaraki Cultural Ceramic Park in Japan and the Manufacture National de Sevres in Paris, he was elected as a fellow of the American Crafts Council in 1998 and his work is collected in both private and public collections nationally and internationally. Public collections include the Whitney Museum of American Art, The San Francisco Museum of Art, The Taipai Museum of Modern Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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DAVID SCOTT SMITH

David Scott Smith is originally from Spokane, WA. He has lived for extended periods of time in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Louisiana. He received his MFA from Louisiana State University and worked for several years at Southern Louisiana University and Flathead Valley Community College teaching ceramics and 3-D design. He currently teaches ceramics at University of Arkansas at Little Rock

David has been featured numerous times in Ceramics Monthly magazine, including the article David Scott Smith: A Bricolage of Light.

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RICHARD SMITH

Richard Smith is a wood fired ceramics artist with the goal of creating forms that are aesthetically enjoyable, with surface ash mineral sublimely enhancing the work. “While it is possible to control, to a degree, how ash and flame flow through the kiln and settle to melt on the ceramic surface, I am not looking for predictability...I'm seeking distinctive asymmetries and variations.” Richard serves on the Board of Directors of the Clay Studio of Missoula, and supports the ceramic community of Missoula. Richard and his wife, Edie, own Missoula Physical Therapy, Inc.

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CHAD STEVE

Chad Steve received his BFA from University of Wisconsin-Stout and his MFA from University of Hawaii at Manoa. Even though he is interested in the great outdoors, craft beer, good food, and long walks on the beach he smiles very little. He was an artistin residence at the Clay Studio of Missoula from 2013-2015. Currently he is a long-term A.I.R. at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL. All in all, Chad considers himself an "Okay Guy."

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Brendan Stewart

Brendan Stewart is a local painter who has recently been developing his ceramic works. His artist's statement reads, "I've been painting aggressively since I arrived in Missoula nine years ago. I work mostly with home made oil paint, but have zero limitations. I have backgrounds in carpentry and am fascinated by the process of creation.”

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Gretel Stoudt

Gretel is a visual artist and creator/designer based in Missoula, MT. Since childhood, creating art, both fine and functional, continues to be what she is most passionate about. Her recent travels through Central America have inspired a newfound love of textiles and sewing, as well as crafting fashionable travel accessories. Lately, she has been making original, one of a kind leather handbags and accessories, unique decorative pillows, as well as mixed media prints and drawings on wood panels.

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LEE STUURMANS

Lee Stuurmans took a train trip once (the kind you pay for, not the hip and authentic kind that certain PBR swigging youths are impressed by). On this trip Lee saw many fine things, a cow, a barn, heaps of trash, and perhaps most resonant of all, a dead yellow dog. Lee’s dog, as he came to know it, was made hot by the Sun, it's legs were stiff and pointed toward the sky, it’s abdomen was distended beyond what Lee considered possible, it's hide stretched taut like a drum by the gastric activities produced by the writhing viscera within. "I could play that drum" Lee mumbled to himself as the train moved by.

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MONICA THOMPSON

Monica Thompson lives and works in Missoula, Montana. She studied Textiles and Graphic Design at the University of Michigan and studied Fibers at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina. Her work strives for simplicity in design and purity in process. Monica teaches Elementary Art in the Missoula County Public Schools.

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PATRICIA THORNTON

Art is the instrument through which Patricia’s ideas, life stories, and observations take form. She works with a wide range of two-dimensional media, including installation, painting, drawing, printmaking, collage and photography depending on the needs of the piece. Her approach to making art is process based, experimental, and playful. Patricia is currently the Zootown Art Center’s Adult Program Director & Printshop Manager, and maintains Thornton Studios with her husband Tim.

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TIM T. THORNTON

Tim T. Thornton was born and raised in Los Angeles California. He began drawing at an early age. In grade school and in high school, his teachers encouraged him to pursue his artistic interests, and in 1984 he graduated from the California College of the Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art with an emphasis on drawing. After leaving art school, he found full time employment as a scene painter in Hollywood, painting sets for film, television and theater. Tim was later hired by the University of California at Berkeley as the charge scenic artist for the Performing Arts program. In 2005 he relocated to Montana with his artist wife, Patricia, where they have made a home in the supportive and lively community that is Missoula. His large scale paintings are in several local collections, and have been featured in the Missoula Art Museum’s annual auction.

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BOBBY TILTON

Bobby Tilton was born in Great Falls, Montana and raised on a cattle and wheat ranch in the little Belt Mountains.  Her mother was a Home Economics and English Major and her father was a fisheries biologist.  Her siblings and she were taught about ecology long before it became a popular concept. Bobby’s interest in art began with her ability to draw as a second grader and was honed over the years by many gifted and caring teacher.  She began her career as a full time kindergarten teacher and taught art K-12 for nine years in Missoula public schools.  She has a Masters in Administration and an MFA in Sculpture.  She is a retired professor from the School of Art at the University of Montana.

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SUE TIRRELL

Sue Tirrell received a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1997. She has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation, California State University, Chico, and the Custer County Art & Heritage Center in Miles City, MT. Her work is included in the public collections of the Yellowstone Art Museum, the Archie Bray Foundation, the Custer County Art & Heritage Center, the Montana Museum of Art & Culture, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, KS. Tirrell’s work has been included in regional and national juried and invitational exhibitions and she is represented by Visions West Galleries, Livingston & Bozeman, Stewart-Kummer Gallery, Toucan Gallery, Red Lodge Clay Center, and ArtFusion. She lives and works on the banks of the Yellowstone River near Livingston, MT.

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PHOEBE TOLAND

Whether making prints, paintings, drawings or sculptures, Toland's method of working is to build pieces in layers. In order to create a desired complexity of images and surfaces, she use a process that allows her to add and subtract. This process reflects the subject matter of her work; the complexity of the human experience throughout history and our interactions with each other and our planet. Toland attended graduate school at MSU from 1980 - 83, and returned to live in Montana in 1994. She was awarded an Innovation grant through the MT Arts Council in 2009, and a Gottlieb Foundation grant in 2005. She currently maintains a studio in Vaughn, Washington. Her work is included in public and private collections regionally and nationally.

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Maria Tritico

Maria Tritico was born and raised outside of Houston, Texas. She received her BFA in Photography and Studio Art with an emphasis in Metals from Texas State University in 2012 and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Masters of Art in Art Therapy in 2015. Maria works predominately in jewelry and sculpture, using alternative stone setting techniques and multiples to create scale and volume within a single piece. Since 2008 Maria has exhibited in local and national art shows and has worked in a variety of settings from children's summer camps to assisted living facilities to incarcerated individuals of all ages.

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SHALENE VALENZUELA

Shalene Valenzuela was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She received a BA in Art Practice at the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in Ceramics from California College of Arts and Crafts. Shalene has participated in artist residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation, The Clay Studio of Missoula, and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. She has taught at Flathead Valley Community College, University of Montana, Oregon College of Art and Craft, and various art centers in Montana and California. Shalene has been a guest artist and speaker at a number of art centers, colleges, and universities and her work has been featured in several group and solo exhibitions nationally. She currently serves as the executive director at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

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Juliette Walker

Juliette Walker was born in Madison, Wisconsin and received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Pomona College in 2013. She is currently a Post Baccalaureate student in ceramics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Combining the sculptural with the performative, her art practice is socially based and often takes form as events, installations, and interactions. Walker is particularly interested in collaboration and facilitation in the arts. Currently she works at the Madison Children’s Museum, teaches ceramics classes at Midwest Clay Project, and is the Lussier Community Education Center Artist-in-Residence.

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KURT WEISER

Kurt Weiser was born in 1950 in Lansing Michigan. He studied ceramics under Ken Ferguson at the Kansas City Art Institute from 1972-76 and then completed an MFA at the University of Michigan. In 1988, after a stint as Director of the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, Weiser started teaching ceramics at Arizona State University, where he has held the position of Regents' Professor of Art since August 2000. His work has been acquired by many institutions around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art, the National Museum of History in Taiwan, the Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art and Institute of Ceramics, Shigaraki, Japan, the Los Angeles County Art Museum, and the Carnegie Mellon University.

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Dryden Wells

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Dryden Wells recently repatriated to the USA after working in the Ceramic arts for seven years in China. In 2008, he moved to Jingdezhen, China, to manage and oversee production of the Pottery Workshop (PWS) – Design Studio. After an in between year (2011-12) teaching Ceramics at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, Wells returned to China in 2012 to work as an instructor and resident artist at the PWS – Shanghai location. Currently, he resides in Red Lodge, MT and teaches Ceramics courses at Northwest College in Powell, WY.

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JANET WHALEY

Janet's images on her hand-painted porcelain works depict personal and traditional mythologies – both the realms of the imagined and not imagined. She explores the subjects of aging, birth and rebirth, and relationships, blending her own personal experiences with myths and fairy tales and images from nature. Born in Idaho and raised in Missoula, Janet started her art studies at the University of Montana in 1966. After a time, she switched gears and began a twenty-six year career in nursing. During this time, she continued her art studies and finished my MFA in ceramics from the University of Montana in 1996, and now maintains her studio practice in her Missoula home.

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EMILY SCHROEDER WILLIS

Emily Schroeder Willis received her MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2006. She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the 2001 Jerome Fellowship from the Northern Clay Center and the Sage Scholarship from the Archie Bray Foundation. She has exhibited her work across North America as well as in Europe, Central America and Australia. Emily has taught at the Alberta College of Art + Design and the Art Institute of Chicago, and was a presenter at the Arrowmont Utilitarian Clay Conference in 2012. Currently, she maintains a studio in Chicago.

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TARA WILSON

Tara Wilson is a studio potter living in Montana City, Montana. Wilson received a BFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2000 and an MFA degree from the University of Florida in 2003. She has been a resident artist at The Archie Bray Foundation and The Red Lodge Clay Center. Wilson was selected as an emerging artist for the 2006 NCECA conference. She has given lectures and workshops throughout the United States and her work has been exhibited internationally.

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KENSUKE YAMADA

Kensuke Yamada is a Japanese born maker, educated in the US at Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA and at the University of Montana receiving his MFA in 2009. Since then, he has been a Resident Artist at the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Watershed, ME, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland, OR, Clay Studio Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, and a guest artist/adjunct instructor at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia PA. Kensuke is now a visiting artist/Ceramics Studio Technician/ Adjunct faculty member at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. Yamada is a sculptor that creates layered narratives within his figurative works.

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CASEY ZABLOCKI

Casey Zablocki was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula. He received his BFA from Finlandia University and studied ceramic design in Kuopio, Finland. He spent one year working and studying as an apprentice to Peter Callas and as a special student at Montana State. He has showed in both national and international exhibitions. Casey was the Woodfire resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula from 2013-2015. He recently returned to Missoula after a three-month long internship in Korea with designer Hun-Chung Lee.

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John Zimmerman

Zimmerman received his bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and his master’s degree from San Jose State University in California. His work has been exhibited nationally in more than 60 solo, group, juried and invitational exhibitions. He has taught ceramics at the University of Louisville and Florida Atlantic University and is an associate professor of fine art and director of the Ingham Chapman Gallery at the University of New Mexico-Gallup. He recently participated in a variety of artist residencies, including a summer residency at the Clay Studio of Missoula, a year-long residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Texas, a summer residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana and as an invited artist at the Fule International Museum of Ceramic Art in Fuping, China.

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HOW POTSKETCH WORKS:

Bid Online

You are able to bid online by calling or emailing us with your name, contact information (email, phone number, and address) and the piece(s) you wish to bid on. Please state both your Final Bid AND the maximum bid you wish to place. We will only increase your bid if you have been outbid by someone else and will halt at your maximum bid.

NOTE: Potsketches can only be bid up in increments of $10 or greater

We will assign you an unique proxy number and confirm your information.

Proxy Bids: By using a proxy, the Clay Studio of Missoula can confidentially bid for you up to the maximum price you set. This way you don't have to keep an eye on your auction as it unfolds. Be assured that we will only use as much of your maximum bid as is necessary to maintain your position as high bidder. If your bid prevails, the final price might even be less than your maximum! E-mail and phoned-in proxy bids will be accepted through 4:30pm MDT, Friday, April 22, 2016.

Proxy bids may be accepted for Live Auction works as well. Keep in mind live auction works generally start bidding at half the estimated value.

Contact the office to make arrangements once you have decided the maximum you are willing to pay by calling (406) 543-0509 or emailing info@theclaystudioofmissoula.org. Please feel free to call our office if you have any questions or problems.

 

PICK-UP OR DELIVERY OF ACQUISITIONS. For those unable to attend the closing celebration, artwork will be available for pickup or shipment after April 25, 2016. Those requesting shipment will have to make arrangements with the studio. It will be shipped via Fed Ex with insurance up to the selling value. The buyer will be responsible for shipping and handling.

Bid in Person

The minimum bid for all POTSKETCHES is $50 and increases in increments of $10 or greater. We use assigned proxy numbers to identify bidders. Emailed/phoned-in bidding will be conducted until April 22 at 4:45 pm, and continues again at the auction event.

 

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POTSKETCH history

In 2004, Jayson Lawfer (former Clay Studio Executive Director) designed and created POTSKETCH. It was conceived as a fundraiser to further develop and expand The Clay Studio of Missoulaís facilities. Jayson, Mike Kurz (Clay Studio Board President), and the rest of the Board of Directors wanted to incorporate local, national and international artists in a unique fundraiser. Because most artists draw, the idea to invite artists to take 10 seconds, 10 minutes, or 10 hours to draw a pot or an image that has had an impact on them seemed novel. To facilitate this, The Clay Studio board and staff selected a group of artists and sent out packages including a 5"x5" piece of Italian paper, a pencil, and a return mailer and asked the artists to donate an original work. By including the materials with the invitation it was the Studios intention to make it easy for these artists, but they also encouraged them to manipulate the material and use any medium they were comfortable with including ink, paint, wax, etc.

Well, the results were outstanding. Within a matter of days, the first drawings began arriving - Warren MacKenzie, then Akio Takamori, and the list of artists who participated kept going. The generosity and companionship from artists around the world was deeply felt. In its first fundraising year, The Clay Studio of Missoula was able to auction these drawings and raise $11,000. Now, in our ninth year, the artists' work has arrived with remarkable presence. This year's artists include past participants as well as many new submissions, and have arrived from America, Canada, Denmark and Germany.

View our POTSKETCH archives:

POTSKETCH 2015 / POTSKETCH 2014 / POTSKETCH 2013 / POTSKETCH 2012

POTSKETCH 2011 / POTSKETCH 2010 / POTSKETCH 2009/ POTSKETCH 2008

 

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